The '''Entomological Society of Washington''' was organized on February 29, 1884 at a meeting called by three entomologist
s employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
: Charles Valentine Riley
, Eugene Amandus Schwarz
, and Leland Ossian Howard
, in Riley's home in Washington, D.C.
[Ashley B. Gurney. 1976. A Short History of the Entomological Society of Washington. ''Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington'', 78(3):225-239.]
Meetings have been held regularly since 1884.
Several local locations were used as meeting places after it became impractical to hold meetings in members' homes, including the Washington Saengerbund|Washington Saengerbund Hall
, the Cosmos Club
, and the Natural History Museum
of the Smithsonian Institution
The official seal of the society was adopted at the society's November 2, 1893 meeting